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Our Board of Directors

Marsha Cutting
Kevin Dwyer
Maradel Gale, Secretary
Lara Hansen
Els Heyne, Treasurer
Stacey Nordgren, Vice President
Christine Perkins, President
Marsha Cutting

Marsha Cutting, a semi-retired psychologist, is a native of Wisconsin who spent most of her adult life in upstate New York. She also lived briefly in Ontario, Canada, where she initiated the Water Project in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to provide ice water at public events so people could refill water bottles rather than buying bottled water. The project eventually led to a ban on bottled water in the school district (with exceptions for unusual circumstances) and the city’s purchase of a water tanker to provide water for people and pets at public events. She uses a crutch or wheelchair and advocates for people with all disabilities, as well as taking part in anti-racist organizing.

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Kevin Dwyer
Kevin Dwyer is Principal of Kevin Dwyer and Associates. He has spent nearly 20 years in the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development fields in Oregon and Washington State, including 10 years at the helm of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. Dwyer also has a background in publishing and was previously a business writer and editor. He was involved in the start-up and management of several business publications, including the Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), and Washington CEO Magazine. 

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Maradel Gale, Secretary

Maradel has had extensive experience with non-profit organizations. A retired University of Oregon professor, Maradel brings to her work 27 years of teaching and mentoring students in fields ranging from community and regional planning to law to cross-cultural communication. Maradel was a founder and the first President of the Oregon Environmental Council, and formed and directed the UO Micronesia and South Pacific Program, which placed graduate students in island communities to engage in skills transfer in conjunction with a project important to the requesting agency or organization. Upon retirement, Maradel moved to Bainbridge Island, where she has been active in a wide range of community projects. She is a founder of Sustainable Bainbridge, and a member of the City of Bainbridge Island Planning Commission. She is also active with the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists.

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Lara Hansen

Lara has worked in the non-profit sector on climate change and related issues locally and globally for over a decade, and in issues relating to sustainability for over two decades. In addition to her work with Sustainable Bainbridge, she is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt, a Bainbridge-based non-profit working on developing solutions to the challenges of climate change wherever people are inspired to take action. She also supports science education in the Bainbridge Island Public Schools, including coordinating Ordway Elementary Science Fair. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. To balance her scientific life, she works to integrate nature and art in her daily life. As an optimist she assumes we'll get our acts together on climate change--who would want the alternative? She looks forward to helping Bainbridge Island make climate-informed decisions to support better long-term outcomes. 

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Els Heyne, Treasurer

Els Heyne is an entrepreneur and has an MBA in Sustainability. Her 30 years of business experience have been a value to many non-profits and other small businesses.  In the non-profit sector, Els has served on the board of the Community Housing Coalition. Through the CHC she co-founded a Community Land Trust and co-wrote an Inclusive Housing Ordinance.  In 2007 she co-founded and is currently the treasurer of Sustainable Bainbridge. She organized a recycling program that removed 40,000 pounds of electronics from the island. Together with the Chamber, the grocery stores and others, she worked on the reusable bag program which successfully reduced paper and plastic bag consumption and which ultimately led to the plastic bag ban. In 2010, main street was being rebuilt and Els raised funds for and installed 7 "Big Belly" recycling and garbage containers on Winslow Way.  She served as the treasurer on the board of One Call for All for 3 years. In 2010 she joined the board of the Chamber of Commerce as the treasurer and she joined Sustainable Bainbridge's Zero Waste to help reduce waste on Bainbridge Island. Currently Els is on the BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) board as treasurer and she works as the Managing Director at Bay Hay and Feed.
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Stacey Nordgren, Vice President
Stacey Justus Nordgren  is a land use planning professional with expertise in environmental, coastal, and hazard mitigation planning. She has worked extensively on coastal zone management issues acting as both a regulator and a technical assistant to cities and town in Massachusetts, helping them to understand and apply best planning practices and critical resource information. Stacey specializes in working with community members and land use practitioners to help communities make decisions that are reasonable and protective of critical and vulnerable resources. She also spearheaded a regional pre-disaster mitigation planning program for Cape Cod that helped to teach and train citizens about natural hazard risks and vulnerabilities and the need for mitigation and adaptation planning. Stacey knows the ins-and-outs of many local and regional planning processes , and though her professional experience has been in her former home of Massachusetts, she fully intends to develop opportunities to continue this work here in the Pacific Northwest .

Stacey is a relative newcomer  to the Island, having moved west in the summer of 2013 . S he and her family acclimated quickly are now enjoying all that Bainbridge and surrounding ecosystems have to offer. Most often, when not at her kids baseball games or swim meets, Stacey can be found backpacking, hiking, rowing crew, or gardening.
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Christine Perkins, President
Christine has worked extensively with many groups and organizations, particularly in hospital and medical teaching institutions and nonprofits.  She is a published author in peer-reviewed medical journal and abstract publications.  Christine is also a docent at IslandWood and, as a volunteer for the Bainbridge Island School District, has been leading a team to improve the trails in the Murden Cove Watershed and the health of that stream for salmon. 
 
Considering herself a lifelong amateur naturalist, her avocation is environmental protection and education.  Before moving to Bainbridge Island, she lived on an even smaller island which is a protected sea turtle nesting site.  While there, she worked as a citizen scientist in the Sea Turtle Nest Monitor program and educated the public on local wildlife and protection issues.  Christine is grateful to live in a place with such a strong sense of community and desire to improve sustainability, which ties so well with her appreciation for nature and efforts to protect it for future generations. 
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